The Science of Herself (Outspoken Authors) (Paperback)

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This wonderful, eclectic collection of fiction and nonfiction will keep you enthralled and slightly off balance. The title essay introduces an amazing figure in the annals of paleontology, long overlooked because in the 19th century a poor, self-educated woman counted for naught. Two pieces of fiction (one of them will chill you to the very marrow of your bones), an interview, and an essay that casts a gimlet eye on some deeply held assumptions about motherhood round out this fine collection.

- Banna
— From Banna's Recs


Widely respected in the so-called “mainstream” for her New York Times bestselling novels, Karen Joy Fowler is also a formidable, often controversial, and always exuberant presence in Science Fiction. Here she debuts a provocative new story written especially for this series. Set in the days of Darwin, “The Science of Herself” is a marvelous hybrid of SF and historical fiction: the almost-true story of England’s first female paleontologist who took on the Victorian old-boy establishment armed with only her own fierce intelligence—and an arsenal of dino bones.

The Pelican Bar,” a homely tale of family ties that makes Guantánamo look like summer camp; “The Further Adventures of the Invisible Man,” a droll tale of sports, shoplifting and teen sex; and “The Motherhood Statement,” a quietly angry upending of easy assumptions that shows off Fowler’s deep radicalism and impatience with conservative homilies and liberal pieties alike.

And Featuring: our Outspoken Interview in which Fowler prophesies California’s fate, reveals the role of bad movies in good marriages, and intimates that girls just want to have fun (which means make trouble).

About the Author

Karen Joy Fowler is a well-respected science fiction and fantasy author who has written three story collections and six novels, including the New York Times bestseller, The Jane Austen Book Club. She is a two-time winner of the Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and the cofounder of the Tiptree Award, given for works dealing with the politics of sex and gender. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Praise For…

“No contemporary writer creates characters more appealing, or examines them with greater acuity and forgiveness, than she does.”  —Michael Chabon, author, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay on Karen Joy Fowler

“Fowler’s witty writing is a joy to read.”  —USA Today

“An astonishing narrative voice, at once lyric and ironic, satiric and nostalgic . . . Fowler can tell stories that engage and enchant.”  —San Francisco Chronicle

“Fowler manages to re-create both life’s extraordinary and its ordinary magic.” —New York Times Book Review

"This is a must-own for diehard Fowler fans, and an ideal pocket-sized primer for the uninitiated." —Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781604868258
ISBN-10: 1604868252
Publisher: PM Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2013
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Outspoken Authors